May 18, 2013
Golden Gopher senior Erik Van Rooyen finished his collegiate career with a final round card of 71 at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Saturday. His 54-hole total of 215 was good for a tie for fifth place. Van Rooyen finished as the top individual in the field but fell one-shot shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
The tie for fifth finish is the best for Van Rooyen at the NCAA Regionals. He finished in a tie for 51st place ads a sophomore in San Diego and tied for 19th place in Ann Arbor as a junior.
Virginia’s Denny McCarthy ended up with the individual berth out of the regional since his Cavaliers did not qualify as a team for the championships. His three-day card of 214 was four shots off the lead.
Van Rooyen’s final round card displayed three bogeys and a double-bogey but the South Africa native pared the final three holes.
Van Rooyen led the Gophers in stroke average his final two seasons and finished his career with a 73.51 stroke average, the eight-best average in the history of the program. He collected five top-10 finishes on the season and finished with 11 career top-10 finishes.
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